February 28th


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1892

130 years ago

George H Read more…

1903

119 years ago

Henry Ford hired John F Read more…

1905

117 years ago

Howard C Marmon and Jesse Warrington were issued with a US patent for their ‘Running Gear for Motor Vehicles’, the basis of all 1904-08 Marmons Read more…

1906

116 years ago

Roy D Chapin, Howard E Coffin, James J Brady and Frederick O Bezner signed an agreement and contributed $1,500 each to establish a firm to produce their own automobile, realised in September as the Thomas-Detroit, produced in Detroit, Michigan as a companion car to the Thomas Flyer produced by the E R Thomas Motor Company in Buffalo, New York Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The factory of the Haynes Automobile Company in Kokomo, Illinois was heavily damaged by fire Read more…

1914

108 years ago

Eddie Pullen won the 5th ‘American Grand Prize’ in his Mercer Read more…

1920

102 years ago

Jimmy Murphy wins the 250 mile race in a Duesenberg at the just opened Beverly Hills race track in California, US Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The first United States-built Rolls Royce was completed and delivered in chassis form to Wallace Potter of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, US Read more…

1925

97 years ago

The last Aston Hill Climb, a speed hill climb on public roads up Aston Hill near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, England was staged Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Gustav Otto, German aircraft-engine designer and one of the founders of BMW, committed suicide aged 43. tto was born in Cologne to Nikolaus August Otto, the founder of N Read more…

1929

93 years ago

The American Austin Car Company was incorporated and operated in premises that had belonged to the Standard Steel Car Company, in Butler, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The last Ford Model A was produced, ending an era for the Ford Motor Company Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Gordon M Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The Tees Newport Bridge spanning the River Tees a short distance upriver from Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, linking Middlesbrough with the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, England, was opened to traffic by the Duke of York Read more…

1934

88 years ago

General Motors registered ‘GM’ as a trademark Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Ford introduced its steel-spoked ‘banjo’ steering wheel as an option Read more…

1941

81 years ago

Edsel B Ford drove the first Ford Model GP Command Reconnaissance Truck off the assembly line Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Vauxhall Victor was launched Read more…

1958

64 years ago

One of worst bus accidents in US history occurred after a school bus plunged into a river after a collision in wet weather near Prestonsburg, Kentucky Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Richard Petty, the king of stock car racing, recorded his first Grand National victory at the old Charlotte, North Carolina, fairgrounds Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Modernistic Industries Inc Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Timmy Mayer (26) was killed in the second practice session of the Longford Grand Prix, Australia Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Max M Gilman (76), the disgraced General Manager and President of the Packard Motor Car Company who later was an official of the General Tire & Rubber Company, died in South Laguna, California, US Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Ken Miles Lloyd Ruby driving a Ford GT40 Mk Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Richard Petty, driving in a drag race at the Southeastern International Dragway in Dallas Georgia, lost control of his car and it went into the spectators killing an 8 year old boy Read more…

1971

51 years ago

A Read more…

1975

47 years ago

American Motors Corporation introduced the Pacer Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Roy Abernethy, an executive in the American automobile industry, serving as CEO of American Motors Corporation (AMC) from February 1962 to January 1967 died aged 70 years Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Qualifying for the South African Grand Prix was marked by spectacular crashes involving Marc Surer and Alain Prost Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Ferrari’s new GTO was introduced at the Salon de l’Auto Geneve Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Weldon C Kocich, a test driver for the Good year Tire & Rubber Company, retired after having driven 3,141,46 miles over a 33 year career Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Ford announced that it planned to phase out production of the Thunderbird (b Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Tony Schumacher drove his Top Fuel dragster through the 1/4 mile at 330 Read more…

2001

21 years ago

At 06:13 GMT, Gary Hart, a sleep-deprived driver, swerved off the M62 onto the East Coast Main Line near Selby Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Jaguar unveiled the all-new sport saloon, the X-TYPE, on the evening before the opening of the Geneva International Auto Show Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Under the ownership of Paul Stoddart, Minardi won its race against time to launch its new car just days ahead of the opening race of the season Read more…

2003

19 years ago

A bus driver was issued with a parking ticket after stopping to pick up passengers Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The three-millionth Ford Focus to be produced in Europe, rolled off the Saarlouis assembly line in Germany Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The limited edition 2nd Anniversary MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S went on sale in Japan Read more…

2005

17 years ago

At 12:08 hrs local time, in Nardò, Italy, the Koenigsegg CCR supercar broke the record for the fastest production car in the world, having attained 388 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

President General Pervez Musharraf attended the official launch of A1 Team Pakistan at the spectacular Lahore Fort as A1 Grand Prix made history, by being the first to run a single seat race car in Pakistan Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Production commenced on the new Citroën C1, a compact car with attractive, fun styling, available in three-door and five-door versions Read more…

2011

11 years ago

The record for the fastest time to push a car one mile (1 Read more…

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